‘Repeal DSA’

Staff Correspondent

4 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The police and demonstrating students were locked in scuffle in the capital on Wednesday as the latter was marching towards the home ministry to besiege it demanding abolition of the Digital Security Act (DSA).

The tussle took place around 12 noon near the secretariat when leaders and activists of some left-leaning student bodies, including Bangladesh Chhatra Front and Chhatra Federation, started their march for the home ministry from Raju Sculpture of Dhaka University.

As the police intercepted the protesters, they staged a sit-in there to press home their various demands.

Other demands include investigation into the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in jail, release of their eight leaders and activists and withdrawal of cases filed against them.

On Friday, at least 35 protesters and police were injured in a clash on the campus of Dhaka University. Police filed a case for obstructing them during the course of their duty.

In another incident, police also barred a procession which was taken out by the country's eminent citizens demanding justice for writer Mushtaq Ahmed and abolition of Digital Security Act.

The incident happened near InterContinental hotel in Shahbagh area while they were marching towards the Prime Minister's Office.

After they were stopped, Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, who took part in the demonstration, talked to law enforcers and asked them to allow a 20-member team to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Later, Dr Zafrullah thanked police for not baton-charging the demonstrators and ended their programme around 2:15 pm.

Talking to the media, Chief Coordinator of Gana Samhati Andolon Zonayed Saki said a tougher movement will be launched if the DSA is not repealed by March 26.